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Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg reveals his thoughts on eSports

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg reveals his thoughts on eSports

The eSports industry has been getting a lot of buzz lately, especially with the showcasing of games like StarCraft II and League of Legends, and now Eric Hershberg, CEO of Activision, has inputted his own two cents about the industry. Hirshberg had an interview with Forbes on what he thinks about the eSports, how it affects the gaming industry, and how he plans on implementing it with his gaming franchises.


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Activision says Destiny not releasing this year

Activision says Destiny not releasing this year

During an Activision conference call discussing quarterly earnings, the game publisher casted doubt on the possibility of Bungie's Destiny releasing at any point in 2013, debunking all rumors that the game might see a release this year. Activision's chief financial officer Dennis Durkin said that the game will not be "factored into [Activision's] 2013 financial outlook."

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Call of Duty Championship coming in April with $1 million in prizes

Call of Duty Championship coming in April with $1 million in prizes

In a partnership between Microsoft and publisher Activision, the two companies are going to host a Call of Duty: Black Ops II tournament in April called the Call of Duty Championship. The tournament will be held April 5-7 in Hollywood California and it will see 32 teams go up against each other for prize money consisting of a $1 million purse.

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Call of Duty Online enters alpha testing in China

Call of Duty Online enters alpha testing in China

The success of Call of Duty in the west is unquestionable, but over in the east it's a bit of a different story. That's particularly true in China, where the games industry is dominated by freemium-type games. Activision, never wanting to let an opportunity go to waste, has changed up the Call of Duty we know and love a bit to make it appeal more to Chinese gamers with today's release of Call of Duty Online.

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First Black Ops II DLC details leak out

First Black Ops II DLC details leak out

We knew since before Black Ops II released that Activision and Treyarch would develops all kinds of DLC for the game, and sure enough, the details for the game's first DLC offering have leaked out. Like all Call of Duty DLC packs before it, this one is a map pack, and it's apparently being called "Revolution." Provided everything about this leak is accurate, players will be in for five new maps total - four for competitive multiplayer, one for zombies mode.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II hosting double XP weekend

Call of Duty: Black Ops II hosting double XP weekend

The first big event for Call of Duty: Black Ops II since its initial launch earlier this month will be a double XP weekend starting tomorrow. Also, throughout the weekend, Treyarch will be hosting clan competitions for the first time, which means that while you can your clan take on your rivals, you'll be earning double XP at the same time.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II sales reach $1 billion in 15 days

Call of Duty: Black Ops II sales reach $1 billion in 15 days

It looks like Activision skipped their usual five-day totaling of Call of Duty sales, which they've done every year for the Call of Duty series, but instead, the publisher announced this morning that the latest installment of Call of Duty, Black Ops II, grossed $1 billion in just 15 days -- that's one day sooner than Modern Warfare 3, which grossed $1 billion in 16 days.

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Activision takes us behind the scenes of Black Ops II “Surprise” trailer

Activision takes us behind the scenes of Black Ops II “Surprise” trailer

Activision is known for pulling out all of the stops in its Call of Duty commercials, and that's no different with the Black Ops II ad "Surprise." The trailer features a lot of big names, from iJustine to FPS Russia and even Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. Now that the ad has enjoyed some playtime and the launch of Black Ops II is behind us, Activision is taking us behind the scenes in a brief "making of" video, which you can check out by hitting the jump.

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Australian man sets world record with 135-hour Black Ops II marathon

Australian man sets world record with 135-hour Black Ops II marathon

If you think you're spending a lot of time playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, you better think again. Okan Kaya, a sales manager at 4Cabling in Australia, claims to have broken the world record for the longest gaming marathon ever, in which he played Black Ops II for 135 hours, 50 minutes straight. The previous record was 120 hours, seven minutes.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

It's the end of the year, which means it's time for the inevitable Call of Duty game. Treyarch has a lot to live up too after the reception and the success of the original Black Ops, and this time around, the studio is looking to expand upon some of the ideas laid down in the first game. Does it work, or does the latest Black Ops II installment fail to improve enough and ultimately fall flat? Read on to find out.

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Sales Mean Nothing: Call of Duty Has Gone Stale

Sales Mean Nothing: Call of Duty Has Gone Stale

Another year, another November where Activision gets to tout its success with the Call of Duty franchise. This time around, the game company has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has generated $500 million on launch day, becoming the company’s biggest opening yet. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hit $400 million in sales on launch day last year.

As expected, Activision claims that the game’s success is due to its unique gameplay and new takes on a popular gaming genre. And as expected, the millions around the globe that have flocked to game stores have helped the game publisher celebrate.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 16, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 16, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone - the weekend is here again, but before we dive in, we need to recap the day's news. First and foremost, our review of the HTC DROID DNA went live just a little while ago, so if you've been thinking of picking that phone up, be sure to have a look at our review to see what we think of it! We found out today that Apple and Samsung have been permitted to add new devices to their lawsuit, so expect Samsung to go after the iPhone 5 while Apple tries to collect damages on a number of Samsung devices. Speaking of Samsung, the company is rumored to show off a new handset with a 5-inch 1080p display at CES, so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for that.

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